Ma' Rosa (2016)

 ●  Tagalog ● 1 hr 50 mins

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Rosa's children will do anything to bail their parents out of jail after they are busted by corrupt cops.
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Cast: Baron Geisler, Jaclyn Jose, Julio Diaz

Crew: Brillante Mendoza (Director), Odyssey Flores (Director of Photography), Teresa Barrozo (Music Director)

Genres: Drama

Release Dates: 09 Mar 2017 (Malaysia), 06 Jul 2016 (Philippines)

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Did you know? Official submission of the Philippines for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 89th Academy Awards in 2017. Read More
Part-time drug dealer affected by Corrupted Police for Freedom

Ma'Rosa is the name of a small grocery store where a family lives, who, to make ends meet, trades in white powder. A neighbor denounces it and the police accused the parents. This is the beginning of a long day, locked up in a neighborhood police station with cops who soon ransom the poor people. The Filipino director Brillante Mendoza still manages to seize raw blocks of truth that show the violence of his country.

as Sumpay
as Rosa
as Nestor
as Raquel
as Jackson
as Erwin
as Linda
as Sanchez
as Olivarez
as Elvie



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1.85:1 (Flat)
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Mendoza noted that the concept of corruption which is a subject of the film appeals to a worldwide audience since he says that corruption is happening in many different countries on a different scale.

Official submission of the Philippines for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 89th Academy Awards in 2017.

Ma' Rosa (2016) was shot with portable, inexpensive digital equipment on location in Manila's poorest neighborhoods.

Ma' Rosa was originally titled Palit Ulo.

The film was shot in Mandaluyong City Philippines during the rainy season of 2015 and was supported by French distributor firm, Film Distribution.

Director Brillantes Mendoza decided to make the film to tackle the issue of small-scale drug selling in the Philippines which he says is really happening in the country and described the situation as alarming.